You finally said yes — to being the maid-of-honor! Absolutely thrilled about being chosen from a dozen other friends, you gush with pride for being in such an esteemed position. You begin to excitedly rack your brains out thinking of special and unique ways by which you can prove worthy of the honor. Of course, you’ll need to help out the bride with her wedding plans, plus there’s the bridal shower to organize — oh and yes, there’s the bachelorette party that you need to think about. Then you come to a complete halt with the realization that you have a thousand and one things to do at work on top of your other personal responsibilities — and panic sets in. Hold it right there! First, breathe in and out — and then relax with these easygoing bachelorette party ideas for a fun yet frenzy-free celebration. You can indeed have your cake and eat it too!
Before we start enjoying all the delicious party concepts, we’ll need to deal with the less savory but necessary reminders to ensure a truly carefree party that is memorable for all the right reasons.
- Plan based on what you are prepared to spend.
The planning and payment for a bachelorette party is usually the responsibility of the maid-of-honor. Determine the budget that you are ready to shell out. The plethora of party concepts can range from the most indulgent options to the more financially savvy ideas, even those that are DIY-convertible.
- Anticipate any medical issues that may arise.
No, you need not have all the ladies undergo a rigorous physical examination.
If you’re planning a pamper party, just quickly ask the ladies for any allergic reactions to certain essential oils or fragrances. How about possible underlying conditions that may be aggravated by Shiatsu massages? The last thing you would want to have at a pamper party is an emergency. Do your due diligence.
A spa date would probably be among the top five most-desired bachelorette ideas. Gather all the closest lady friends of the bride for a head-to-toe indulgence party at your favorite spa. Start with a calming steam bath to relax you and your ladies’ sore muscles, followed by an aromatic bath soak to prep your skin for that gentle yet effectively exfoliating body scrub. Allow yourselves to be lulled by soothing Shiatsu strokes. For that final indulgence, submit to a Swedish full-body massage to melt away your consciousness into tranquil bliss. This might just be what the bride needs to look and feel extra on her big day. So just book away and let the therapists’ hands do all the talking!
When Rodgers and Hammerstein II composed the lyrics “When I have a brand new hairdo/ With my eyelashes all in a curl/ I float as the clouds on air do/ I enjoy being a girl!,” they might as well have suggested an experimentally playful hair and makeup session for the bachelorette party you’re organizing. Add clothes and jewelry to the mix, and you have all the makings of a fun and convivial gathering. Take this opportunity for your posse to be able to try out different hairstyles and the latest makeup trends before the big day. Give the glam look a shot, or go natural with a more earthy palette. For your hairstyle, get that resort vibe with beachy waves.
Dying to try the latest short-hair trend? A talented hairstylist can demonstrate how a blunt cut would look on any of you with just clips and bobby pins without actually cutting your hair short.
Done with your hair and makeup? Ask the ladies to take out their prettiest tea party clothes and don their most charming accessories (which you have reminded them to bring beforehand). Now would be a great time for the future bride to shine by showing off her engagement ring.
Let the gals take all the Instagram-worthy photos to remember your precious pre-wedding girlfriend moments by.
What better way for the ladies to bond with each other than going for some shopping therapy. With the abundance of retail goods in every shape, size, and form, you will never be in want of choices. Just make sure you have a clear budget in mind. But do allow for some flexibility for when you’ve discovered a real find. If card-swiping may be a bit “risky,” you can opt for a slower-paced and possibly more enjoyable experience by window shopping. Have fun trying out different clothes and accessories, even perfumes, without the pressure to purchase any of them. Cap off your leisurely activity with steaming cups of coffee, yummy pastries, and of course some comforting girl talk.
Oasis of Options
The list of free and easy possibilities for a laid-back bachelorette party can go on and on.
You can “run” a marathon movie date, complete with all the moviehouse trimmings such as popcorn, chips, and drinks. How about having a game night to marvel at the competitiveness of your lady friends? Going for more placid pleasures? Bask in the sun and have a lazy stroll along the sand with a beach weekend! The relaxed options truly encompass a vast spectrum, from the intimate and cozy pajama party to the more luxurious yet still comfortable glamping escapade. What a delightful dilemma to be spoiled for choice!